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Why Māia



Maia Health Foundation Christchurch Charity - Smiling Girl Healthcare Charity New Zealand

Here for our
community —

Canterbury’s health system needs us. In fact, it needs you too.

We’re bringing our community together to support our health service as it enters the future. Now is the time.

Community health funding has become essential because of growing health pressures around the world. Gifts from people like you are much needed, because there will never be enough funds to do everything we need to in health.

In Canterbury, we’ve got some unique challenges to face, with an older population than the rest of New Zealand. 

On top of that, the Canterbury DHB has the second largest geographical reach of all health boards. It provides services to people across the South Island and some from the lower North Island.  

And, of course, the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011 added increased real pressure to an already stressed health system.

It’s time for innovative thinking about health funding. 


Māia offers a charitable way to improve South Islanders' health experiences. So far, we have worked with our community to together raise over $12 million. 

This has gone towards a future-proofed rooftop helipad for Waipapa Christchurch Hospital and improvements to the children's facilities. Projects that will be game changers next time you find yourself using our hospital’s services. 

Alongside these two major projects, Māia has helped to deliver a vast range of projects within the Canterbury health system that have benefited a wide range of patients, families, clinicians and services. 

In the future, we'll also be funding other bold, health related projects across the Canterbury health system for specific purposes.

Our current project is to raise up to $6 million for a modern, fit-for-purpose child and youth mental health outpatient facility. 

What else
does Māia do?

Māia is also responsible for managing many historical gifts to the Canterbury health system, bringing these together to ensure they have an impact. 

How will my
gifts help?

Our people-centred health system in Canterbury is admired on the international stage. A blend of collaboration across our entire health system.

But the reality is there will never be enough funding to do everything that as a community we want.

Your gift to Māia helps us sustain this innovative, successful health system. It helps as we address a growing and ageing population. It helps us to contribute to  making our health services even better. 

Because if not now, then when?

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Shouldn’t the Government fund all of this?  

There will never be enough money to do everything we need to do in health so Māia Health Foundation is here to contribute to projects which will enhance the Canterbury health system. Charitable trusts supporting a health board's activities are not unusual in other centres in New Zealand and Australia. In Canterbury, we're only just catching up. 

Why now?

The projected growth in population and ageing in Canterbury meant that the current hospital facilities would be under pressure into the future.  Add to this, many damaged facilities as a result of the earthquake events and the need for the redevelopment was evident, as was the need to boost funds so we could achieve truly world class health services and facilities.        

Why these projects?

Māia is working to raise money for game-changing projects. 

Currently Māia is concentrating on the provision of enhanced facilities and equipment for Specialist Mental Health services, with a particular focus on Child and Youth Mental Health. 

Māia will also continue to raise funds for a wide variety of projects that we know will provide significant benefit to our community now and into the future.

Where does my money go? Can I choose the project?

Any money donated to the Foundation will go to its intended cause, whether that is to the Foundation's endowment fund or to one of the projects that Māia is supporting.

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